Action-Hub.Com – Activists United

Interviewer and Writer – Michael Campbell –

(Update 04/29/2016 — is no longer active, and the site is down.)

(Disclosure: The inter­view­er is acquain­tances with the inter­vie­wees. SuperNerdLand has no con­nec­tion to the cre­ation and main­te­nance of Action-Hub. One per­son has request­ed me to keep them anony­mous, one per­son has request­ed me to use their han­dle, and the oth­er wish­es to use their web­site han­dle.)

Activism. That word has many dif­fer­ent mean­ings to many dif­fer­ent peo­ple. No mat­ter what it means to you, one needs tools and a space to orga­nize. Join SuperNerdLand as we inter­view the team behind, a site that wish­es to accom­mo­date activists of every stripe. By pro­vid­ing users with the tools to cre­ate their own com­mu­ni­ties while stay­ing inter­con­nect­ed social­ly, they hope to help stream­line mod­ern activism. Expect bugs, changes, & more news as the site devel­ops.

Note: This inter­view is about as infor­mal as one can get. Expect raw lan­guage not suit­able for younger read­ers. IRC Logs were edit­ed for read­abil­i­ty & to keep answers/context togeth­er.

SuperNerdLand: [How would you] describe your­self in rela­tion to Action Hub?

HOC: I was a hard­core cha­nol­o­gist who is now involved in grass­roots move­ments. I was asked by Anon to help with a few mat­ters as I helped out on a num­ber of oth­er pop­u­lar activism sites.

CTP: I’m American, big on get­ting mon­ey out of pol­i­tics and keep­ing basic con­sti­tu­tion­al rights intact. I’m the Moderator of the site (aka the forum cop). I myself have mod­er­at­ed 2 oth­er sites before this, to be unnamed.

ANON: I’ve been involved in IRL activism since the 90’s in var­i­ous forms, to me free­dom of speech and infor­ma­tion is the most vital val­ue in any democ­ra­cy. Online I’ve been involved with Chanology since 2008, I par­tic­i­pat­ed heav­i­ly dur­ing the Iran cri­sis in 2009 as well.  Professionally, I have 5 years expe­ri­ence in com­mu­ni­ty man­age­ment which can be an asset. I speak French and English flu­ent­ly and my main goal with action hub is to provide a safe space for every­one to express their opin­ion and orga­nize, regard­less of whether I agree with them or not.


SuperNerdLand: Alright. What would each of you say is the pur­pose of Action-Hub?

CTP: A hub/center piece for all activism.

ANON: The main pur­pose is to provide a safe haven for groups of activists that need a space to orga­nize and dis­cuss with­out fear of cen­sor­ship or being banned, the only sce­nar­io in which some­one could be banned is for ille­gal activ­i­ty. In the long run I would like to imple­ment tools to facil­i­tate the task for groups to orga­nize and man­age them­selves.

I dream of being a jan­i­tor that does not inter­fere with what­ev­er shenani­gans you are plan­ning

An extreme exam­ple: if the KKK lost their web­site and need­ed a space to orga­nize, as long as they don’t plan any­thing ille­gal I would let them use the site.


SuperNerdLand: So you see this becom­ing a neu­tral ground for any sorts of activism then?

ANON: Yes. You put it in few­er words than I and so elo­quent­ly. lol


SuperNerdLand: Are there any assur­ances that user IDs, and data are going to be kept anony­mous? Aside from what they will­ing­ly let known, of course. You can’t pro­tect some­one who will not pro­tect them­selves, after all.

ANON: We do our very best to keep all user data pri­vate, we use Cloudflare and SSL; only the admins have access to IP logs for secu­ri­ty pur­pose. But we will nev­er share those unless it’s request­ed by law enforce­ment and it’s a legit­i­mate request.

CTP: We will do what­ev­er we can to pro­tect user infor­ma­tion, except go to jail to pro­tect some dum­b­ass who got in legit legal trou­ble.

ANON: I’ve mod­er­at­ed for 3 years as Hicks. Never abused the info I had access to. but I wrote a neat TOS & pri­va­cy pol­i­cy so that its clear for every user

HOC: We will also be hav­ing the site rou­tine­ly pen­test­ed* by a few notable people/groups in the secu­ri­ty indus­try who wish to help.


SuperNerdLand: How much do users have to do to stay anony­mous on action-hub?

ANON: I don’t pre­tend to be an expert at secu­ri­ty, but I took every mea­sure I am aware of to make sure that as soon as a[t] user signup, none of the info they do not want to share is made pub­lic. And as HOC point­ed out, there are mem­bers of the chaos com­put­er club in Germany, who agreed to pen­test* the site for us for free

CTP: You may use your real name it’s up to the user. Being anony­mous is not a require­ment

ANON: Users may sign-up with their social media accounts if they wish. But then its on them [to stay anony­mous.]

CTP: ^


SuperNerdLand: Alright. So of the data received by users, what do you keep?

ANON: We only keep IP logs for secu­ri­ty pur­pos­es and only me & HOC have access to those. Not even CTP 😛 No Google ana­lyt­ics, no track­ing of any kind.

HOC: Email address­es are also stored by the forum soft­ware but we encour­age peo­ple to set up throw­away accounts

ANON: Oh yes, that too.

HOC: Mailinator etc are accept­ed.


SuperNerdLand: So then IPs are kept with users then?


HOC: Yeah.


SuperNerdLand: Regarding the ToS; Under what nation does this site fall under, the laws that hang over it? That is to say, where is it host­ed, and why?

ANON: Canada, because I live here.

CTP: But users doing ille­gal activ­i­ty, if caught, will be under their coun­tries laws.

ANON: Well that depends. I’m not forced to provide infor­ma­tion to for­eign coun­tries unless its man­dat­ed by Canadian law. I won’t hes­i­tate to tell lawyers to go fuck them­selves if I legal­ly can.

CTP: No I’m just say­ing Americans can’t do ille­gal stuff that’s legal in Canada and think they can get away with it

ANON: I’m just not gonna risk my own ass to keep users out of trou­ble. They have to have some lev­el of respon­si­bil­i­ty for their own actions. I call this the “I’m not your mom clause.” 😛


SuperNerdLand: Alright, as for intend­ed use: Do you view this as just a site for orga­niz­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing sen­si­tive or oper­a­tion type of stuff? Or would you ter­ri­bly mind it if start­ed being used as a sort of pro-free speech social net­work, as well as its intend­ed pur­pose?

ANON: I think it can be both. I want to give users as much free­dom as pos­si­ble to orga­nize them­selves and make of it what­ev­er they want. As long as its activism/free-speech relat­ed.

CTP: How I like to describe it is as a port for ships. But instead of ships, it’s activism com­mu­ni­ties.

ANON: The mod­el we are aim­ing for, is that users will be able to cre­ate and mod­er­ate their own sub groups, pri­vate or pub­lic.

CTP: Instead of hav­ing to make your own web­site we have all the tools to run your own com­mu­ni­ty.

ANON: Well, at least we will even­tu­al­ly have more tools. For now we have a fea­ture sim­i­lar to Google Docs, and pri­vate or pub­lic groups that can be mod­er­at­ed by the users who cre­ate them. But there is more to com[e]. And obvi­ous­ly, the social media stream, old school forums..

CTP: This won’t be a place for trolls to come in and harass oth­er users either. We will keep the users safe from threats and harass­ment

ANON: Yeah. I can’t afford to get in trou­ble because of a user’s actions. We are doing this out of pock­et and out of good will. But as I said, I’ll do every­thing I legal­ly can to pro­tect my users, while keep­ing my ass safe. This includes users I hate, lol.


SuperNerdLand: So, with all this in mind, where do you think the user­base will come from?

CTP: On top of polit­i­cal activism we are going to use the site to help orga­nize for donat­ed relat­ed orga­ni­za­tions


SuperNerdLand: Ah, char­i­ty as well?

CTP: Like Extra Life. I hope to cre­ate a huge team for that.

ANON: Now, that is a great ques­tion, we have been so busy work­ing on infra­struc­ture that we haven’t planned out­reach yet. I guess this inter­view is the first step. :)

HOC: Organizing char­i­ty gam­ing ses­sions as a group and social media. Also [with] relat­ed forums [whom] we are still in touch.

ANON:  ^


SuperNerdLand: Alright. Outreach is still being planned then, aside from this?

CTP: Yes


SuperNerdLand: Where do you each see this site going in five years? Do you see inter­est pan­ning the site out that long?

CTP: On my end in 5 years, god will­ing, the site is most­ly com­mu­ni­ty run with very lit­tle staff inter­fer­ence.

ANON: ^ pret­ty much. I would like to keep things run­ning smooth­ly, par­tic­i­pate in my own projects. But for the most part I would like to see groups orga­nize and run them­selves.

CTP: We will not push our own agen­das.

ANON: I want to be the repair­man, not the com­mu­ni­ty lead­er, neu­tral is the key­word.

HOC: Yeah, see­ing groups run by them­selves and only inter­ven­ing if absolute­ly nec­es­sary. Communities should be given the free­dom to plan with­out some­one breath­ing over their shoul­ders.

CTP: I want to devel­op a mod staff I can trust then hand over the keys and work my own projects.


SuperNerdLand: Just as hands off as Hotwheelz has been regard­ing 8chan?

ANON: Minus the child pornog­ra­phy yes. 😛

HOC: Yeah, a very hands off approach. From my expe­ri­ence site own­ers (if they are too involved in the com­mu­ni­ty) cause dra­ma with por­tions of the user-base on the site. I want to be able to give them room.

ANON: If any­thing, the way I see our role, is to respond to the needs and request of the users.

CTP: Just to note we hope to attract “real peo­ple” not just anons if that makes sense.


SuperNerdLand: To the­se future users of the web­site, not just anon, but char­i­ty orga­ni­za­tions, non-radical extrem­ists, free speech advo­cates, et al.. What would be your first mes­sages to the­se folk?

ANON: If you lack com­put­er skills and you would like to have tools that fit your needs to orga­nize and build an activism group online, we offer you a space and we will lis­ten to your requests and try to acco­mo­date you the best we can. We will han­dle the nerd shit so you can focus on what mat­ters.

HOC: Please respect the oth­er com­mu­ni­ties and we will do all we can to accom­mo­date you, would be mine.

CTP: Don’t just bang drums on face­book. Use our site to make the change you want to see


SNL: Alright. With that, I think that con­cludes this inter­view.

We want to thank the folks from Action-Hub for this inter­view. If you have any ques­tions or want to check out more of what Action-Hub has to offer then head on over to their site.

Further clar­i­fi­ca­tions

* Pentest/Pentested: The act of hav­ing a site being bro­ken into to deter­mine if & where there are any com­mon or uncom­mon secu­ri­ty prob­lems that need to be fixed. CampbellInterviewsAction-Hub,InterviewsAction-Hub.Com – Activists United Interviewer and Writer – Michael Campbell – (Update 04/29/2016 — is no longer active, and the site is down.) (Disclosure: The inter­view­er is acquain­tances with the inter­vie­wees. SuperNerdLand has no con­nec­tion to the cre­ation and main­te­nance of Action-Hub. One per­son has request­ed me to keep them anony­mous, one per­son has request­ed me…
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